Le'Veon Bell doesn't practice for second day in a row

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell did not practice for the second consecutive day as a small window for the second-year man to return from a hyperextended knee closed a little more on the first day of 2015.

Bell, who was not in the locker room while it was open to the media late Thursday afternoon, only has one more day to try to practice before the Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

Strong safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor each practiced for the second consecutive day, keeping them on track to play against the Ravens.

Taylor has missed the past three games because of forearm and shoulder injuries while Polamalu has not played in the Steelers’ past two games due to a knee injury.

Bell, outside linebacker James Harrison (illness) and quarterback Landry Jones (illness) were the only players who weren’t full participants in Pittsburgh’s penultimate practice of the week.

Offensive tackle Mike Adams returned to practice after missing drills Wednesday because of an illness. Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) and tight end Michael Palmer (groin) were full participants in practice after each was limited in drills a day earlier.